Imam Hook Trial Update, from the BBC, with thanks to John and Mick:
Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri told his followers it was their “religious duty to kill” non-Muslims, jurors heard as his trial began at the Old Bailey.
David Perry, prosecuting, said a “terrorism manual” was found at the cleric’s home in London in May 2004.
It explained how to make explosives and organise a terrorist unit, he said.
Abu Hamza, 47, denies 15 charges including having a document “useful” to a terrorist and soliciting people to murder non-Muslims….
He is also accused of threatening behaviour with intent to incite racial hatred.
Mr Perry said Mr Abu Hamza railed against alcohol, adultery, democracy and said Muslims had an “obligation” to fight and kill kuffar (non-believers)….
“You will hear the tapes and we will hear that the defendant, Sheikh Abu Hamza, encouraged his listeners, whether they were an audience at a private meeting or a congregation at the mosque, to believe that it was part of a religious duty to fight in the cause of Allah, God, and as part of the religious duty to fight in the cause of Allah, it was part of the religious duty to kill.”
See Qur’an 2:190-193; 9:5, 9:29; and a host of others.
Mr Perry said the cleric preached “intolerance, bigotry and hatred”, especially against Jewish people.
The prosecutor stressed the case was “not a trial against Islam”, or against its holy book, the Koran, but had been brought “because of what the defendant said”….
Hmmm. But what if what he said tallies with what is in the Qur’an?